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Anaheim Convention Center - August 9, 1969

  • includes: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown.
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on September 20, 2007 - 5:33pm
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Average: 4.6 (27 votes)
August 9, 1969
Anaheim
CA
United States
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Setlist: 

includes: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown.

Note: 

Rodney Bingenheimer gives Jimmy Page a long fringe vest, which JP wears onstage that night. It was custom made by Hatter's Castle which was located on Sunset Blvd across from Thee Experience club.

One of the few shows where John Bonham uses a double bass drum.

Press Review: Anaheim Crowd Wild Over Led Zeppelin “Noise”

Orange County was overflowing with teeny-boppers Aug. 9, as Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull performed at the Anaheim Convention Center. The crowd went wild over Led Zeppelin’s noise, but I preferred Jethro Tull’s music.

Led Zeppelin, led by the shrieking of Robert Plant, had in it three very fine musicians. Drummer John Bonham performed one of the best solos I have ever heard, and lead guitarist Jimmy Page played excellently. On bass guitar was John Paul Jones. However, Plant’s singing detracted from any musical effect the group had. He simply mimicked the lead guitar with his voice… every entertaining. But the crowd loved it, not permitting the group to leave until they had completed a half-hour encore.

Instrumentally, the group was excellent, playing together to produce a very good sound. As if the lead singer had nothing else to do, he would get into the act with mind-blowing howl. [M.Gindes, Aug. 1969]

Notes: 

Rodney Bingenheimer gives Jimmy Page a long fringe vest, which JP wears onstage that night. It was custom made by Hatter's Castle which was located on Sunset Blvd across from Thee Experience club.

One of the few shows where John Bonham uses a double bass drum.

Press Review: Anaheim Crowd Wild Over Led Zeppelin “Noise”

Orange County was overflowing with teeny-boppers Aug. 9, as Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull performed at the Anaheim Convention Center. The crowd went wild over Led Zeppelin’s noise, but I preferred Jethro Tull’s music.

Led Zeppelin, led by the shrieking of Robert Plant, had in it three very fine musicians. Drummer John Bonham performed one of the best solos I have ever heard, and lead guitarist Jimmy Page played excellently. On bass guitar was John Paul Jones. However, Plant’s singing detracted from any musical effect the group had. He simply mimicked the lead guitar with his voice… every entertaining. But the crowd loved it, not permitting the group to leave until they had completed a half-hour encore.

Instrumentally, the group was excellent, playing together to produce a very good sound. As if the lead singer had nothing else to do, he would get into the act with mind-blowing howl. [M.Gindes, Aug. 1969]

Setlists: 

includes: Train Kept a Rollin', I Can't Quit You Baby, Dazed and Confused, White Summer / Black Mountainside, You Shook Me, How Many More Times, Communication Breakdown.

Comments

debra h's picture

I was there and Jethro Tull was the opening band & we thought 'who's Jethro Tull?" ha-ha. Lep Zep rocked!

Robert Blume's picture

Jethro Tull was by far the better and more memorable act. I went to see Led Zeppelin and have little recollection of their music. I had never heard of Jethro Tull but I can still recall the sound. The next day I went to the beach in Laguna and stopped into Mystic Arts World and they were playing 'This Was'. I no longer listen to my Zeppelin records and turn the station when they come on the radio. Not so with Jethro Tull. Their music stands the test of time much better even though they never made the money Zeppelin did.

Rod's picture

This was my sixteenth birthday present and it rocked. Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull together...At first each of the groups doing their own sets, and then both bands getting up on stage together and rocking out for around 40 minutes...My first big indoor concert, and a really great experience. Thank you to all the musicians for making my life better.

Phil Hendrie's picture

I was there. Jethro Tull opened. The show was incredible. They had curtained off a corridor for the band to exit through from the stage and the crowd pushed forward enough to collapse it following the show. I remember Bonham's solo.

Some blond, long-haired kid jumped up on stage after the show and hugged Page, then danced along the apron waving to the crowd and getting an ovation. The band, I'm sure, had been so many places and played so many venues that it wasn't surprising when Plant finally said to the crowd, "It's nice to be back..........in this area." He probably knew he was in the LA area but not quite in LA.

Great seats, a third of the way back, stage right, half-way up. The price? $7.50 a seat.
Beautiful thing.

Tom's picture

I went to this concert too. Great show. Spirit also played that night.

mike c.'s picture

I took my girl friend to this show (even though she had broke up with me the week before, a promise is a promise). I was 16 and had only heard one song (Communication Breakdown, which was the encore that night) before that. I had never heard of Jethro Tull before but did recognize one of the songs they played that night. I became a huge Led Zeppelin fan from that day on although never saw them live again. They also played a medley of Elvis songs and it was probably inside of Whole Lotta Love like on the BBC Session recordings.

Michael Hayes's picture

My memory is that Led Zeppelin was the opening act.

Badgeholder's picture

Can you remember if John Bonham was using two bass drums at this show? There are photos of him with the double-bass set-up, but nobody knows if they are from Bakersfield or Anaheim, so I thought I'd ask someone who was actually there, especially since you say you remember Bonham's solo. Thanks, and if you can't recall, that's also understandable. Just something I'm trying to figure out. You're lucky to have seen them in'69, I didn't catch them until '75.

kenmozo's picture

Just a correction. Jethro Tull opened the show followed by Led Zeppelin. No Spirit (band) that night. Tull was and has/had always been more energetic live, though both bands delivered great sets. I recall Anderson leaving the stage and taking a cub of coke (drink) from a fan. I was able to see Zeppelin from an overpass walk to the stage and will always remember Jimmy Page's glassy eyes staring up at us as he walked by. I heard about this concert a few weeks earlier at the Newport '69 Festival at Devonshire Downs, Northridge CA. Still have the ticket stub to the show!

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